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February 27, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(9):597-598. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490540029009

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The antituberculosis crusade prevailing throughout the civilized world has had an unexpected effect in at least one quarter. According to correspondence in the London Lancet, a medical convention held last month in St. Petersburg was dispersed by the police. This sounds rather strange to us, but it seems to be the order of things in Russia. The medical men present, in their zeal for the suppression of the tuberculosis scourge, demanded freedom of speech and of instruction by newspapers and lectures, a demand which the Czar or the powers behind his throne considered subject for police interference. It is possible, the correspondent says, to give lectures on hygiene, ventilation, etc., in Russia, but any systematic attempt at this falls under the suspicion of the police, some political motive is suspected, and the scientific lecturer on sanitation may find himself banished to Siberia. The convention, however, did more than to ask

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